If you use automatic payments, you'll need to have one payment method that's designated as a primary. You can also add a backup credit card to your account, to serve as a safety net. If your primary payment method doesn't work for some reason, we'll charge your costs to your backup credit card. This ensures that your ads keep running.
Note: The instructions below are part of a new Google Ads user experience that will launch for all advertisers in 2024. If you’re still using the previous version of Google Ads, review the Quick reference map or use the Search bar in the top navigation panel of Google Ads to find the page you’re searching for.
Follow these steps to set up a backup payment method.
- In your Google Ads account, click the Billing icon .
- Click Payment methods.
- Find your payment method, and click the Set as Primary or Set as Back up link.
You can designate a credit card or (in most countries) a debit card as a backup, but not a bank account.